Posted on 21. Mar, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Government’s inaction to invest in the manufacturing sector and create a jobs plan could see further jobs losses in the industry, Shadow Minister for Manufacturing Adem Somyurek said today.

Mr Somyurek said the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed under the Baillieu Government more than 7000 full-time manufacturing jobs were lost in the 12 months to February, 2012.

“This is a damning indictment on the Baillieu Government and these continuing job losses in the manufacturing sector are causing a loss of confidence in Victoria,” he said.

“Minister for Manufacturing Richard Dalla-Riva appears to be incapable of taking the decisive action required of government to restore confidence in the manufacturing sector.

“It is time the Minister stopped making excuses and addressed the problems faced by our local manufacturers.

“Behind every one of those job losses is a family under pressure, now struggling to make ends meet and unsure of what the future holds.

“It is time the Baillieu Government stopped the spin and throwing around catch-phrases like ‘increasing productivity’ and instead started taking action to help retain manufacturing jobs.”

Mr Somyurek said the crisis of confidence in manufacturing in Victoria was exacerbated by the decision of the Baillieu Government to scrap local content targets for government projects.

“The Baillieu Government’s 2011 manufacturing statement released is nothing but a flimsy document lacking in substance,” he said.

“This 20-odd page statement is full of vague objectives that are basically meaningless, what it lacks are tangible initiatives to help manufacturers and create jobs for Victorians.

“The Baillieu Government needs to wake from its 15-month slumber and start creating a manufacturing jobs growth policy.”


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